June 12, 2015 |
WHEN YOUR RACING rivals are happy for you, a racer knows he's respected. After Martin Truex Jr. won at Pocono Sunday, Kevin Harvick, Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Jr. expressed how happy they were for Truex and his girlfriend, Sherry Pollex, who appears healthy after dealing with ovarian cancer. Later, fans wrote emails and called radio stations with similar sentiments. "I'm still answering emails and text messages with congratulations, so that's been awesome," Truex said yesterday on a conference call.
June 9, 2015 |
LONG POND, Pa. - With Martin Truex Jr. holding a slim lead on the front of the pack, the Furniture Row Racing team prepared for one last pit stop Sunday. One team member bobbed up and down, shaking his arms. Another stretched and craned his neck over the divider to see if Truex was close. When Truex slowed into pit road, Sherry Pollex, Truex's girlfriend who is in remission from ovarian cancer and underwent chemotherapy on Monday, stood and nervously watched the pit crew work on Truex's car. Four tire changes and a fuel-up later, Truex was the first out of pit road, leading to a measured celebration from his pit crew.
June 9, 2015 |
LONG POND - Before the May 31 NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Dover, Del., Martin Truex Jr. guaranteed his team would win a race this year. It didn't take long for Truex's prediction to come true. Truex led 97 of the 160 laps, including 66 of the last 67, yesterday to win the Axalta "We Paints Winners" 400 at Pocono Raceway. Following his third career Cup series victory, Truex performed the traditional burnout on the Pocono frontstretch in his black No. 78 Chevrolet. Then he climbed out of the car and pumped his arms as the crowd cheered.
June 8, 2015 |
LONG POND, Pa. - Separated by 55 summer days, the two NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Pocono in 2014 ended the same way: with Dale Earnhardt Jr. raising his arms in victory lane, his team hanging over the white railing above it, and the grandstand crowd showering him with cheers. Earnhardt became the seventh driver to sweep the summer at Pocono Raceway, and a third consecutive win here in the Axalta "We Paint Winners" 400 on Sunday would put him in even smaller company. The only two to complete that feat are NASCAR Hall of Famer Bobby Allison in 1982 and '83 and Tim Richmond in '86 and '87, stacking more odds against the 40-year-old Earnhardt and his No. 88 car. "It's just difficult to win one [race]
June 7, 2015 |
LONG POND, Pa. - Kurt Busch pulled into a pit stall with time to spare in the final qualifying round, and when it ended, he exchanged a high-five and hug with each member of his team. After Kevin Harvick finished with the best lap time in the first two qualifying rounds, Busch, driving the No. 41 car for Stewart-Haas Racing, took the pole position for the Axalta "We Paint Winners" 400 with a time of 50.676 seconds in the decisive final round at Pocono Raceway. Joining Busch on the front row Sunday will be Carl Edwards, with Martin Truex Jr. right behind in third.
June 6, 2015 |
Having grown up in Bethesda, Md., before enrolling at Penn State, Lee Cary was used to being one of the only NASCAR fans around. But when Jeff Gordon visited State College on April 14 to unveil the Penn State-themed car he'll drive at Pocono Raceway this weekend, others trickled out of the woodwork. "It was actually kind of funny; I didn't think there was much of a fan base in State College," said Cary, 21, who recently graduated from Penn State. "And there were a lot of people there.
June 6, 2015 |
No American professional sport is more obviously wrapped in nonathletic businesses than auto racing. That's why NASCAR - and especially this weekend - is important for Philadelphia-based Axalta Coating Systems. Axalta makes paint in thousands of colors and formulas for cars, trucks, buses, and industrial fixtures. It sells business-to-business, working through distributors, big body-shop groups, and automakers in 130 countries, generating first-quarter revenue of close to $1 billion.
June 5, 2015 |
Three people were killed and more than a dozen were injured Wednesday when a tractor-trailer truck collided with a bus of Italian tourists in the Poconos. The tourists had left New York City early Wednesday on their way to Niagara Falls. Four were reported in critical condition. Others suffered minor to moderate injuries. Academy Bus said its driver, who had more than 10 years of experience, was among those killed. Witnesses told WNEP-TV in Scranton that the truck driver was "up and walking around" after the crash.
June 3, 2015 |
YOU CAN STILL go to the Poconos for love. Thanks to Morris Wilkins, you can still soak in heart-shaped bathtubs at some resorts, and drop into a gurgling, 7-foot-tall Jacuzzi shaped like a champagne glass just big enough for two. It was Wilkins who back in the late 1950s hit upon the idea of developing a resort restricted to couples, preferably honeymooners. His innovations to encourage the free expression of love among his guests earned him nationwide publicity, a booming business and many imitators.
January 30, 2015 |
WE CAN'T all afford to vacation in Vail, Colo., this winter. If "jet setting" with your family is more about pointing the minivan in any direction but the garage, this is the winter to discover, or rediscover, the Pocono Mountains. Like the girl next door who you tend to overlook at parties, the Pocono Mountains may seem familiar but not really that sexy. Until you take a closer look. This sprawling swath of northeastern Pennsylvania encompasses 2,400 square miles that traverse Carbon, Monroe, Pike and Wayne counties - terrain chockablock with snowy vistas, dense woodlands and respectable mountain peaks.